Ya

1. What does ya mean?

Yes

Ya is slang for "Yes," which is a laid back way to answer in the affirmative. It is often used in texts and online and may also be used verbally in-person.

The term is used by people of all ages but is most often spoken by teenagers and young adults in informal contexts. It would probably reflect poorly on you if you used it in a formal, corporate environment.

Ya is one of many slang words used to answer positively, which includes Yep, Yeap, Yasss, Yesh, and Yup. The term may be pronounced the same way as "Yeah" or as "Yah," if used by a Scandanavian. It is the opposite of "Ya" is "nah," which means "no."

Example

"Ya, I'm planning to go."

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Last Updated: December 4, 2019

2. What does ya mean?

You

Did ya know that ya can mean "you"? Well, ya do now ...

Ya is quite an informal abbreviation, so it is used primarily between close friends and family members. You may see ya appear in chat or text messages, asking "Where are ya?" or "What ya doing?"

Example

"How ya doin?"
"Oh, ya know, ok I guess."

A man who is coming for ya

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Last Updated: March 16, 2021

3. What does YA mean when discussing books?

Young Adult

Online and IRL booklovers use YA as shorthand for "young adult fiction." This popular category of books includes fiction of any genre that is intended for readers 12 to 18 years old.

What are some examples of YA fiction?

Some popular YA series and books include:

  • The Harry Potter series
  • The Hunger Games series
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Eleanor & Park

Where am I likely to see YA used online?

Netizens are most likely to see YA pop up as an acronym or hashtag in the book-discussion sections of Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, and other social media platforms. For example, BookTok (TikTok's book-discussion community) regularly recommends, reviews, and reenacts scenes from its favorite YA novels.

Example

"I still read a bunch of YA books; I love a good dramatic teen romance."
A selection of 2022's YA releases

A selection of 2022's YA releases

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Last Updated: January 14, 2022

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